Last Christmas Eve, an injured gyrfalcon was discovered near Moscow.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) colleague, Sergey Ganesovich of the Wild Animal Rescue Center in Moscow, was asked by the Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU) to identify the species and give recommendations on its rescue and some related legal issues concerning the falcon.
Because of a severe injury and weakened condition, it was easily caught from a tree branch.
Unfortunately, the beautiful falcon had a badly broken wing and its chance for release back to the wild was not possible. As nearly as Sergey could determine, the falcon had escaped from poachers or smugglers. With a rope still attached it could not fly freely.
The RBCU found a suitable shelter to provide lifelong care.
This stunning falcon is one of over fifty live raptors that have been rescued; the majority of which are endangered falcons seized from illegal trade, who are rehabilitated and released back to the wild.